It was a relatively small gallery off the entrance to Rydale Folk Museum. Each artist had their section of the gallery. I had arranged to meet one of the artists, John Jones, who took me into the exhibition. He was friendly and full of facts and information about both the process of printmaking and the other artists exhibiting.
I particularly enjoyed Bridget Tempest’s work. She makes monoprint’s with chine colle and gold leaf. The first one that caught my eye was called ‘Lapwings’ it was really detailed and I loved how it was in layers so you could see depth in the picture. There were two called, ‘The Enchanted Wood’ 1 and 2 where you could see right into the wood through the trees. They were prints, but unlike John Jones’s prints which are very much blocks of colour, these had intricate details and real depth.
I didn’t realise that there are so many different ways of doing printmaking. I had previously seen reduction linocut printing, but here I saw mono prints which were intricate, painted onto glass and transferred; etching using a copper plate with wax and acid; screen printing; and collagraph.
I really enjoyed the exhibition. I enjoyed looking at all the different kinds of prints and it was particularly good to look at it with John Jones because he could explain all the techniques involved in making the image.